Orkney demonstrates energy credentials
Energy companies from across the globe have visited Orkney to witness at first hand why it is the number one location to test and demonstrate marine energy development projects.
First class wave and tidal conditions in Orkney have attracted marine energy developers for many years, particularly since the inception of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) more than twelve years ago.
A day-long programme hosted by EMEC and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) brought together potential developers, academia, industry partners and representatives from the Orkney supply chain.
The group visited a number of locations including EMEC’s wave test site at Billia Croo and pier facilities at Hatston near Kirkwall.
Delegates were also able to quiz staff from EMEC about the range of facilities available to support their projects at what is still the world’s first and only accredited test laboratory of its kind.
Oliver Wragg, EMEC’s commercial director, said: “We were delighted to have had such broad interest and true to style the islands showed off with blustery yet sunny conditions, and six metre waves on display at our wave test site.
“It was a jam-packed day ahead of the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), with delegates finding out how Orkney is playing a world-leading role in the development of marine energy.”
Calum Davidson, HIE’sdirector of energy and low carbon, said: “There continues to be a strong interest in developing marine energy projects in the Highlands and Islands. “The programme was a terrific opportunity for developers to look at the facilities in Orkney and meet people working in the local supply chain companies.
“EMEC has developed considerable expertise in the development of marine energy projects and the test facilities offer a range of options for wave and tidal energy projects. “The marine energy sector is facing significant technology challenges, but we remain committed to supporting innovative projects to realise the goals of producing cost effective renewable energy.”
Delegates who participated in the programme in Orkney also attending ICOE in Edinburgh, with further opportunities to meet representatives of companies working across the marine energy sector in Scotland.